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Design Your Own Outdoor Space with Online Garden Design Tools

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Whether your garden consists of one or two planters, a large acreage, or anything in between, a good design will maximise the potential of your space. Can’t afford a landscape designer? No problem, you can design your own garden with interactive online garden design tools.

This article provides an overview of three of the dozens of innovative planning tools that are just a click away.


Garden Puzzle

With both a desktop app and an online version, Garden Puzzle makes it easy to explore different designs for your garden space. You start with a photo of your garden. Then you drag and drop plants, lawns, paths, and other garden features on top of the photo.

Filters let you choose the best plants for your needs. You can even switch between the four seasons to see what your garden will look like year round. A library of structures makes it easy to add arbours, fences, stones, and benches. GardenPuzzle also lets you choose designs by soil type. And with uploaded designs from members for inspiration, you will have plenty of ideas to get you started.


Garden Planner

Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux and now iPad, Garden Planner from smallblueprinter makes it easy to drag and drop buildings and plants and create paths, fences, and paving.

You can choose the scenery from dozens of options. Then, by entering your soil type and hardiness zone, Garden Planner suggests plants that are best for the conditions in your garden. Once you are satisfied with your plan you can produce a high-quality colour image or print from your design. Save it and you will have a template to use from year-to-year. While the short animated introduction makes it easy to learn how to use this handy planning tool, you can communicate directly with the designer of the program if you have any questions. By the way, if you want to add garden rooms and furniture, you can use smallblueprinter’s floorplanner.



A supplier of quality garden plants, Plantify offers both a custom garden design service and a do-it-yourself garden design tool.

With’s free garden design tool you don’t even have to measure your garden. That’s because the system uses Google maps to locate your garden and define the boundaries. The software even calculates the orientation of the sun based on your location so you can see the cast of the shadows at different times of the day. The Plant Finder database is a testament to the expertise of the company. The database suggests plants that fit your garden space, your soil and climate conditions, and your design needs. With spring just around the corner now is a good time to design a new garden or improve your existing one. You know your garden and what you want it to look like better than anyone else; use these tools to design the garden of your dreams.


Have you ever tried any of these tools? Now it's your turn to plan your garden online, don't forget to send us your designs!


Image Credits: Image 2: Garden Puzzle Featured Image: Landscape Design Advisor


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